Swords and Hearts, D W Griffith 1911. Griffith returns to the Civil war, this time with a story of a Southern officer, who when he returns from the war, finds his fiance attached to a Northern officer, but all is well, the poor but honest girl who saved him from death still loves him. It is not bad and worth a look. I have added music and some sounds. While these Biograph shorts may seem simplistic to us today, pause to consider how exciting they must have been to audience who may never have seen a movie before.
December 8, 2018 Subject:
Another fine Biograph film
Beautiful presentation of this classic film.
What I find really interesting is that, at the time the film was released, some members of the cinema audience would have been old enough to have memories of the 1860s. I guess this may seem strange but I find that fascinating.
November 27, 2010 Subject:
Thanks for the review. I appreciate it. I have been going through as many of the Griffith Biographs as I can find and this is one of the better.
As for sound effects, I may agree with you, I do hesitate on using them and use them only for battles and such where I think they add to the film. I have to dig them up wherever I can find them so sometimes they will not be perfect.
November 26, 2010 Subject:
Swords and Hearts
This a prequel to Birth of a Nation (aka The Klansman). It was neat and tidy little story when you consider;
1. DW Griffth was a southner.
2. His films not only provided entertainment and a story but had social commentary as well.
The sound effects were a bit over the top (ie the break in of Hugh's home) but the music was right on the money.
Thank you for sharing this.